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Kate Russell
By Kate Russell
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Kate Russell gives us her latest selection of the best sites on the World Wide Web.

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WIGADOO.COM (www.wigadoo.com)

Wigadoo.com

Big nights out with friends and family can be great fun. Organising them is often not. If your friends are anything like mine, getting anything settled is a bit like trying to herd cats. That was of course until I found wigadoo.com

Whether it is a night out at the theatre, or a stag weekend abroad, this website is like having your own personal social secretary.

This site is simplicity itself. Just sign up and log in and you can make an event straight away. Add maps, pictures and comments and an estimated price per head. This section states that your friends will have to give their credit card details, but do not worry.

Click to proceed and on the next page you can choose whether you want wigadoo to collect the money or not.

If you choose to have the website collect the money they will create a virtual credit card for you to spend the cash collected and take a small fee. See the terms and conditions for more details.

Once you choose to invite friends to the event they can log on and sign up, so you know exactly who is coming.

Stuck for ideas? Why not start with a vote? There is also a "find ideas" section which has a nice ideas board tool you can play with.

But the actual suggestions are based on a UK audience, so you will have to hunt around a little for a similar activity local to you if you live in a different country.

NEWSCIENTIST.COM (www.newscientist.com)

Newscientist.com

Ever wondered how spiderman sticks to the buildings he scales?

OK, so Spiderman is a fictional character but scientists in America believe they have found a way to make a superhero suit that will let humans do the same. You can learn all about it at newscientist.com

Science is no longer the preserve of stuffy old men in white lab coats. This site, based on the popular magazine, proves that - with a broad range of topics covered under the section headings "Space, Technology and Environment".

The superhero suit article, "sticky lizards", can be found in tech news and like many of the stories here includes a movie as well as the print article.

Laid out magazine style, it is very easy to find your way around this site, or you can just keep following links deeper and deeper into the site on a journey or remarkable discovery.

There are some people in white lab coats here but do a search for Rappin' and you'll find a funky little video explaining the large hadron collider experiment at CERN that once again proves that science is more than hip and trendy these days.


EVERNOTE.COM (www.evernote.com)

Evernote.com

I am always coming across useful little bits of information as I surf the web. The trouble with that is I spend a good deal of time trying to remember where I saw them later on.

Where was that great site with cheap flights to Scotland? Where did I see that amazing face cream on sale so cheaply? Well not any more, thanks to Evernote.com

This useful little tool will really help you keep on top of things. It is available for Windows, Macs and mobiles.

You will need to register first, then just head to the download page for instructions on what to do next. Once installed you can save up to 40 megabytes of new clips each month using the free account - which should be plenty if you are not storing lots of high resolution images.

When you see something you want to make a note of, just highlight it and click the green elephant head icon Evernote has embedded in your browser. Clicking this icon with nothing selected will place the whole page in there. There is a nice little movie explaining more of the features on the website's homepage.

Now when you go to check your notes in the software you will find it all there - text, pics and even links - making following up on that information as easy as can be.

TEACHERS.TV (http:/www.teachers.tv)

Teachers.tv

And finally, a quick look at a great resource for those interested in education. Whether you are a teacher, student, or just someone who wants to learn more about the world we live in, you will find it at teachers.tv.

Based on content from the free to air digital channel called teachers tv. Here you can find hundreds and hundreds of great educational features that will help your children learn what they need to be successful in school.

The opening page highlights featured films and articles, but as soon as you enter any section you will find a handy navigation panel on the left which splits the films up into key stages or subject categories.

There is a short description below each film when you select it, which tells you what the content and target audience is. There is something here for everyone at every stage including documentaries about how some schools are overcoming education hurdles.

Whilst the channel is aimed at a UK audience the content is relevant the world over and really genuinely interesting. I strongly advise you take a look.



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